Skin checking A B C D E
It is very difficult to the untrained eye to identify melanomas and skin cancers because they can come in many different shapes and sizes.
As Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. says, "the earlier a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better the chance of avoiding surgery, or in the case of a serious melanoma or skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death."
The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. and Cancer Council Australia, recommend you develop a regular habit of checking your skin for new spots and changes to existing moles or freckles.
It is recommended to do those checks once a month, in a well lit room with a full length mirror and a hand held mirror for areas which are hard to see.
Sun protective clothing, sun hats and sun glasses are recommended to provide your skin with adequate protection against the sun.
If ever in doubt about how one of your moles, spots or freckles have changed or currently look, please do not wait. Speak to your GP or dermatologist immediately.
Sun protective clothing and sun hats
Remember that regular clothes such as a white cotton t-shrit or hat may only provide a SPF of only 5. Protect your skin, whilst enjoying the outdoors by wearing sun protective clothing, a sun hat, sun glasses and sunscreen.
SOLBARI provides an effective sun (SOL) barrier (BARI) against harmful UV rays with its UPF50+ rating. A UPF50+ is the equivalent to wearing SPF50+ sunscreen.
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The SOLBARI Team
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